September 26, 2016 2:31:49 am
Security agencies continued to remain in a state of high alert Sunday as the fourth day of the search for suspected terrorists in Uran was marked by more false alarms.
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Locals in Uran caught two men Sunday morning and called the police control room.
“When we reached the spot, we found that the suspects were only beggars and let them go,” said a senior police officer.
There were also rumors around Uran that Navy had caught four suspect boats off the coast. Upon enquiring with the Navy, the police said, those rumours proved to be unfounded.
On Saturday, a watchman at the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) plant told the police that he had spotted the suspects lurking nearby. When the police rushed to the spot, however, they found the watchman to be heavily inebriated.
A heavy presence of armed policemen continues in Uran, four days after two schoolchildren claimed to have spotted four armed men dressed in black and heard them discussing an attack on the ONGC plant and schools in the neighborhood.
An alert was sounded as the report came just days after 18 soldiers were killed by terrorists in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.
Searches in Uran town by the Navi Mumbai police, Force One, Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad and the National Security Guard have not found any of suspect as of now.
Hemant Nagrale, Commissioner of Police, Navi Mumbai, said, “The search operations for the suspects in Uran area have been operationally modified but checkpoints continue to be vigilant and any information on the issue is being thoroughly verified and steps being taken to counter any attempt.”
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